2019 Season

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Welcome

Congratulations! Salt Bay Chamberfest has reached its 25th season, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been a part of making our organization a success over so many years. We have achieved so much together, including newly commissioned music, world premieres, and performances of exceptional artistry.

The landscape of Maine has played a vital role in defining who we are by creating a sense of place and a space in which to absorb and reflect on the music we hear. In this special 25th Anniversary season, Music of our Common Earth, we seek to connect our local selves with global others through music as it relates to our environment. The programs this season study human nature, use nature as metaphor, explore ancient myths, uncover current global issues, and celebrate our shared landscape. To honor our rich history of presenting new music and new concepts in music, we will feature some of today’s musical innovators: from living composers Vijay Iyer, Derek Bermel, and Nate Smith, to performers who have inspired new works such as flutist Claire Chase, violinist Jennifer Koh, and the Brentano String Quartet. As a special celebration of our own rich Maine musical heritage, we welcome the Burnurwurbskek Singers and flutist Hawk Henries as they join our SBC musicians in two outdoor settings celebrating our shared planet.

Whether this is your first or your 25th season attending our concerts, we welcome you to this very special celebration marking a significant milestone in our history. Please accept our gratitude for all that you do to make this exceptional festival possible from year to year.

Here’s to 25 more!

Wilhelmina Smith
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director

Take a look at SBC’s 2019 Newsletter for insights and interviews.

 

 

 

Concerts

All Festival Concerts are held at Darrows Barn, 3 Round Top Lane (off of Business Route 1), Damariscotta, ME.
Round Top Farm – a community facility owned and managed by the Damariscotta River Association.

August 1, 2019

Thursday at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm
Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in D major, Op. 9, No. 2
Steve Porcaro, arr. Iyer Human Nature
Vijay Iyer The Diamond
Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Vijay Iyer The Law of Returns

Vijay Iyer, piano
Jennifer Koh, violin
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello

Join us at 6:30 pm for the pre-concert lecture by Mark Mandarano. Come early and enjoy a light pre-concert dinner al fresco by Damariscotta River Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

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August 6, 2019

Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm
Leonard Bernstein Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Derek Bermel Theme and Absurdities
Derek Bermel Over Algiers, Op. 70
Béla Bartók Contrasts, Sz. 111, BB 116
Nate Smith Selections from Kinfolk project
Derek Bermel & Nate Smith Half & Half, featuring 50% – World Premiere of expanded version

Derek Bermel, clarinet, speaker
Jaleel Shaw, saxophone
Nate Smith, drums
Thomas Sauer, piano
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Fima Ephron, bass

Join us at 6:30 pm for the pre-concert lecture by Mark Mandarano. Come early and enjoy a light pre-concert dinner al fresco by Damariscotta River Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

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August 9, 2019

Friday at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm
Claude Debussy Syrinx, L. 129
Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis, L. 97
Barbara Strozzi “Che si può fare”
Richard Strauss “O mein Leukippos” from Daphne
Marcos Balter Pan (concert version)

Claire Chase, flute
Hyunah Yu, soprano
Thomas Sauer, piano

Join us at 6:30 pm for the pre-concert lecture by Mark Mandarano. Come early and enjoy a light pre-concert dinner al fresco by Damariscotta River Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

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August 13, 2019

Tuesday at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm
Giorgio Battistelli Orazi e Curiazi
Tan Dun Snow in June
Dmitri Shostakovich Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, Op. 127

Hyunah Yu, soprano
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano
Tim Feeney, percussion
Ayano Kataoka, percussion
Eduardo Leandro, percussion
Doug Perkins, percussion

Join us at 6:30 pm for the pre-concert lecture by Mark Mandarano. Come early and enjoy a light pre-concert dinner al fresco by Damariscotta River Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

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August 16, 2019

Friday at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm
Nina C. Young Spero Lucem
Ferruccio Busoni Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence”

Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg & Serena Canin, violins; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello)
Cynthia Phelps, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Join us at 6:30 pm for the pre-concert lecture by Mark Mandarano. Come early and enjoy a light pre-concert dinner al fresco by Damariscotta River Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

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August 17, 2019

Saturday at 10:30 am – Family Concert
Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert at the Skidompha Public Library in downtown Damariscotta.

Hosted by educator and conductor Mark Mandarano, this concert is a favorite for all ages, and introduces children and adults to great chamber music in engaging and entertaining ways. Come sing, clap and enjoy a musical morning with our wonderful musicians!

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Other Events

25th Anniversary Celebrations, free outdoor and indoor concerts, talks, and more!

July 7, 2019

Sunday at 4:00-6:00 pm
Benefit Concert

Violinist Jennifer Koh performs virtuosic works for solo violin. Enjoy Maine artisanal hor d’oeuvres from Damariscotta River Grill and sip wine while being immersed in the beauty of art, music, and more.

At the home of George Mason and Susan Weiser Mason, Damariscotta Mills
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August 1, 2019

Thursday at 5:00-6:00 pm
Season Opening Champagne Concert and Reception

Jazz pianist/composer and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer performs his own works, as the 25th Anniversary Season begins with a Champagne toast!

At Darrows Barn.

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August 5, 2019

Monday at 3:00 pm
OffTopic!

Featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi.
Our musicians are experts in much more than chamber music! This free, informal, one-hour talk with musical demonstrations is a chance for them to share their passions with the public.

Held at the Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Home.

August 8, 2019

Thursday at 12:00 pm
Solo Recital with Claire Chase
Flutist Claire Chase gives a free, noontime community concert featuring Marcos Balter’s Pan.

Held at Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St, Damariscotta

The event is open to the public free of charge.
Thursday at 6:00 pm
Music of Our Common Earth
A musical conversation between flutists Hawk Henries of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck & Claire Chase.

Held at Beech Hill Preserve, 316 Beech Hill Rd, Rockport.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

August 11, 2019

Sunday at 4:00 pm
Music of Our Common Earth
Percussionists across cultures exchange musical commentary about our shared environment. Featuring the Burnurwurbskek Singers of the Penobscot Nation performing original and traditional pieces, and percussionists Tim Feeney, Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro, Doug Perkins performing John Luther Adams’ Three Drum Quartets from Earth and Great Weather

Held at Round Top Farm.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

August 13, 2019

Monday at 3:00 pm
OffTopic!

Featuring percussionist Eduardo Leandro.
Our musicians are experts in much more than chamber music. This free, informal, one-hour talk with musical demonstrations is a chance for them to share their passions with the public. More information to come soon.

Held at the Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Home.

August 15, 2019

Thursday at 12:00 pm
Free Solo Recital featuring SBC musicians
More information to come soon.
Held at Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St, Damariscotta

The event is open to the public free of charge.
Thursday at 5:00 pm
25th Anniversary Celebration
Help us celebrate 25 years of great music making with dinner, drinks, and musical gifts from Salt Bay Chamberfest musicians.

Held at The 1812 Farm in Bristol.

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August 17, 2019

Friday at 1:00 pm
Master Class
New England string students will be coached by members of the Brentano String Quartet.

Held at Schooner Cove, 35 Schooner Street, Damariscotta

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Presented in partnership with Schooner Cove.

Calendar

Sunday, July 7: Benefit Concert
Thursday, August 1: 25th Anniversary Champagne Concert and Reception
Thursday, August 1: Festival Concert
Monday, August 5: OffTopic! Lecture
Tuesday, August 6: Festival Concert
Thursday, August 8: Thursday @ Noon Recital
Thursday, August 8: Common Earth Outdoor Concert
Friday, August 9: Festival Concert
Sunday, August 11: Common Earth Outdoor Concert
Monday, August 12: OffTopic! Lecture
Tuesday, August 13: Festival Concert
Thursday, August 15: Thursday @ Noon Recital
Thursday, August 15: 25th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 16: Master Class
Friday, August 16: Festival Concert
Saturday, August 17: Family Concert

Musicians

Violin

Viola

Cello

Bass

  • Fima Ephron

Flute

  • Claire Chase
  • Hawk Henries

Clarinet

Saxophone

  • Jaleel Shaw

Percussion

Piano

Soprano

  • Hyunah Yu

Ensemble

 

Tickets

Season Subscription $150
Includes admission into five evening concerts and pre-concert lectures

Single Concert Ticket $35 General Admission/$5 Students with valid ID
Includes admission into concert and pre-concert lecture
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 9, 2019, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 16, 2019, 7:30 pm

Benefit Concert
$150
Sunday, July 7, 4:00 pm

Season Opening Champagne Concert and Reception with Vijay Iyer
$150
Thursday, August 1, 5:00 pm

25th Anniversary Celebration
$75
Thursday, August 15, 5:00 pm